Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 

Themes: sisterly bound, the danger of living in the past

Trigger warning: murder, animal cruelty, excess of alcohol, abuse

 

 

 

Before the legendary movie with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis as leads, before the behind-the-scenes drama between the two actresses and the 1963 Oscar scandal, there was this novel.

 

As a child, bratty and spoiled Jane, Daddy's girl, is singing, clapping and dancing in theaters. Dolls are made, based on her features and celebrity personality '' Baby Jane''. Her young sister, Blanche, has to live in her sister's shadow.

In the 30s, Blanche is now a great actress and has known a bigger success than her sister. Jane is playing in a few pictures but is unable to act, and depends on her elder.

After a lavish party, Jane and Blanche head back home; however, a strange car crash occurs at the gate, as Jane tries to kill her sister with the car, and then ran away. Blanche is crippled and has to live under the same roof as her abusive sister.

 

Through a disturbing, pleasingly visual, story, we witness the descent into madness of Jane, Blanche's plight and years of hate and regrets pushing two humans in a situation resulting with murder, lies and danger. Jane wish to become famous again and Blanche wants to be free from her sister. How does the saying go? Be careful what you wish for...

 

BEWARE: Spoilers!

* The real villain of the story is Daddy Hudson and that's the tea. Which is an interesting idea, regarding the origins of some important feuds between women, sisters, friends, etc.

*I didn't truly debate whether Jane was worse for murdering the nurse and making Blanche starve or Blanche for trying to run over Jane and putting all the blame on her: in the end, there's no villains, just two broken human being and the most tragic situation.

 

Rating system: 4.5 out of 5 ice creams.